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January 1, 2011 2:42:24 AM

I was working on putting together a computer for my father in law and didn't realize how cheap a blu-ray HTPC could be so I decided to build one for myself. I'm more in tune with higher end gaming PCs and components so I don't know much about the budget HTPC market.

The uses for this will be blueray/standard dvd playback, hulu and other streaming content, playing music, basic internet browsing. If any gaming is done on it will be older games such as Diablo I & II when my wife gets nostalgic. Any more complex tasks/games will be done on our gaming computer.

Components not needed: HD, input devices, OS(will use an old copy of XP)

I usually buy from newegg, but if Tiger or someone else has a better price or product I'll go somewhere else. I'm more familiar with AMD, but I have no problem with Intel.

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz

MOBO: Biostar TA880GB+ AM3 880G Combo with CPU $109.99

CASE: APEX DM-317-a $39.99

PSU: Included with case, this is a concern do I need to buy a better one?

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced 2GB DDR3 1333 $21.99

Optical: Lite-On 8x Blue Ray $63.99

Total $235.96 plus shipping

Other thoughts: I'm concerned about the case and PSU I know they are pretty cheap and I'm usually one of the people who is spouting off about getting a name brand PSU, but this is such a low power system thought it might be okay. If you recommend a different case it has to have front USB, front audio or anything else is not necessary. I don't know much about IGPs I always use discreet video cards, so will the IGP on the MOBO be good enough?

Any help is appreciated, especially if you can reduce the price and improve the quality.

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January 2, 2011 3:34:50 AM

I don't really understand your reply. That link only has the case, memory, and optical I mentioned.
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January 2, 2011 6:48:36 AM

soory error in link

Here's the build:

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146061
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157176
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
Item #: N82E16817371033
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate

LITE-ON Black BD-COMBO SATA Model ihes108-29 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106300
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1066LV4GK
Item #: N82E16820227582
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$16.00 Combo

Subtotal:298$ After Rebates
January 3, 2011 1:59:36 AM

That build doesn't have any GPU, and I was wanting a small case to put on a shelf under my T.V.